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painting: keeping me humble since 2003

If there’s one thing art has taught me, it’s that I know nothing. Literally, not a damn thing. You’re just painting along, thinking you know what you’re doing and then BAM. Suddenly everything looks different and you were so, so wrong before. The thing is, the truth of what you’re seeing is always...

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wholeness of vision

People see my work and think that the process of creating it is somehow fiddly - that I crawl across the surface of my paper or canvas with pencil or brush, minutely registering every tiny detail. But there’s a world of difference between just copying what you see, and understanding what you see...

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on remembering to keep faith

There is a point in every painting where I must remind myself to keep faith. There is a point, generally right before everything pulls itself together, where it looks like it is actually never going to pull itself together. That it’s a dud. A disaster. A waste of time and art supplies. It’s that...

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why do you paint naked people??

I regularly attend a couple of local life drawing groups. Occasionally, the group decides that they’d like to draw the model clothed. Yawn. Turns out, drawing clothed people bores me to tears. I know, I know. Just last week I was talking about how much I love painting portraits and portraits are,...

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Ohmygosh! I was accepted into the Kingston Prize!

I got in! I got in! I’m still kind of pinching myself! I found out a few weeks ago that my painting, “Unlabelled”, was selected as one of the top 30 finalists out of 415 entries for the Kingston Prize, Canada’s nation wide portrait competition (similar to the BP Portrait Award in the UK). Crazy!...

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Pushing Past the Edges

There is that point, in every painting, where it’s so tempting to give up. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been painting (10 years). It doesn’t matter how many hours I’ve spent in the studio, learning and practicing (thousands). There is inevitably that point where you think, “This is probably...

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Courage and fragility

I'm reworking both my bio and my artist statement this week. My bio is embarrassingly out of date and my artist statement feels disconnected from the work that I'm trying to make. I've been journaling like mad and writing answers to questions like "What do I believe?" It's a difficult process, and...

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